'Britain in Europe' letter on EU citizens' rights in the UK

Dear all,

Our 'Britain in Europe' think tank would like to thank the dozens of the members of HAA for their quick, and powerful, responses to the letter we circulated last week on EU citizens' rights.

As you know, the House of Lords voted the amendment that would require the Government to recognise the rights of EU citizens in the UK. Two of the Peers who have introduced the amendment in the House of Lords, Baroness Hamwee and Lord Newby, responded very positively to our letter. Baroness Hamwee informed us that her intervention in the House of Lords was in full agreement with the key topics we had mentioned in our letter. Guardian's lead 'Brexit' correspondent also took an interest in our initiative.

Unfortunately, however, the Government continues to refuse to make this crucial concession in its 'Brexit Bill', and has vowed to vote down the amendment. This amendment will probably be introduced for discussion next week, in the context of the 'ping pong' parliementary process. Our contacts in the House of Commons tell us that this is likely to happen as early as next Monday.

We now call upon all members of the HAA to urgently sign our letter (attached, with signatures from those who have previously informed us they were supporting our initiative).

More importantly, we would be very grateful if members of the HAA provided us with personal stories, e.g. regarding hardship in establishing residence rights here for them or their relatives, and relevant obstacles to professional development, e.g. scepticism about applying for research leave/sabbatical/visiting fellowship opportunities abroad, in fear of losing acquired EU residence rights in the UK. Both MPs/Lords, and the media, have a strong interest in such stories, and so these stories would provide further support to this initiative. It goes without saying that any such stories would be entirely anonymised (unless the academic concerned consented to his/her details being published).

On a similar note, we would like to bring to your attention our recent event on EU residence rights at the British Academy (available to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwTIikiMYT0), and our forthcoming public lecture at Brunel next Tuesday, with the Director of 'Liberty', Martha Spurrier QC, to which you are warmly invited: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/knowing-our-rights-with-martha-spurrier-qc-director-of-liberty-tickets-32321451331?aff=erelexpmlt 

To stay in touch, you can also follow our activity on Twitter, via @BRinEurope, @KnowingOurRts and @dimitriosatBLS.

Many thanks in advance for all your support.

With all best wishes,

Dimitrios

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos
College Associate Dean & Senior Lecturer in Law, Brunel University London
Director, Britain in Europe think tank
Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
PhD Sorbonne Law School

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